Vow renewal photo shooting in Venice: not just a couple, but a family matter!

bride, bridegroom and son walking along an alley in Venice during a vow renewal photo shooting
A vow renewal photo shooting often involves a couple and their children

I lately had the chance to shoot a vow renewal in Venice: an American couple chose the city as the right location to re-commits to their relationship and re-state their love for one another.

couple kissing during vow renewal photo service
Our photo walk in Venice enclosed several stops in romantic spots for intense couple portraits

A couple shooting of this kind is in some way different from a wedding photo service: the couple has already experienced the wedding rituals some time in advance; they often choose a more intimate, simple ceremony and, just like in this case, they are not alone.

The Texan couple I shot was indeed accompanied by their 15-year-old boy which gave me the chance of portraying a family story.

bridegroom helping the son during a photo walk in Venice
A vows renewal photo shooting gives the photographer the chance to portray the relationship and feelings among parents and children.

Needless to say, during our informal photo walk in Venice, I made some couple photographs in highly romantic spots trying to fully express the couple’s deep feelings for one another. It was really exciting to see long-lasting and still intense love almost shining from their smiles and eyes!

bride and son walk in Venice during vows renewal photo service
The feelings between the bride and his son were also highlighted in this vows renewal photo shooting

Beside, I also focused my shots on the three people’s relationship as a family, portraying the mother-son and father-son behavior, as well as making some shots full of “family-flavor” with the three of them walking, hugging or even running together.

bride looking at the groom during vow renewal photo service
During this photo shooting I managed to catch very intense expressions and feelings in my photographs

As a professional wedding, honeymoon and engagement photographer, I always aim at catching people’s feeling and relations in my photo portraits. This vow renewal photo service gave me the opportunity to get intense shots which can work as nice souvenirs of important family moments.

post by Metella Iaconello

bridegroom kissing the bride during vows renewal photo shooting
Parents and son all enjoyed very much our informal photo walk in Venice, including the breaks we had.

Dancing in the high water: a very informal and creative honeymoon photo shooting in Venice

Beautiful Russian bride walks in high water during an informal photo walk in Venice
An informal photo walk in Venice might enclose many surprises: this young Russian bride enjoyed walking in the high water during her honeymoon photo service

As already said in many of my publications and posts, Venice is an ideal location for couple photo shooting, especially in the case of just-married couple portraits . And this is the case not only during sunny days in spring or summertime: Venice is worth a photo service even during rainy days.

Lately I had the chance to shoot a young Russian couple that, after getting married in Russia, enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Venice and hired me for an informal photo walk.

Well, it happened that the city had just been deeply soaked by the previous day’s rain and there were many large paddles in the squares and alleys as we walked by. It suddenly came to my mind that I could make the most of this unique situation, so typical of Venice: I asked the bride if she felt like taking her shoes off and walk barefoot along the road which she did quite gladly…I assume she did not want the water damage her nice shoes!

young Russian couple dancing in high water during their couple photo portrait in Venice
Once we reached Piazza San Marco at the end of our photo walking tour, I asked the couple to dance in the high water

Later, when we reached Piazza San Marco I suggested the couple to dance in the paddles that covered large sections of the square so that I could portray them with this famous background in a very special condition!

beautiful young couple jump in San Marco Square during an inforal photo shooting in Venice
The couple portrait ended up with the couple jumping and having much fun thanks to high water!

Luckily enough, and as it often happens in Venice, in many other areas of the city there was no sign of high water at all which allowed us to take more “classic” and “dry” shot in the rest of the honeymoon photo shooting.

couple hugging during an informal photo shooting in Venice
During our photo walk we could enjoy many “dry” areas with no sign of high water, where I could take some nice couple portraits.

For further examples of honeymoon shootings see my website.

post by Metella Iaconello

HONEYMOON IN VENICE: SHOOTING ON A GONDOLA

  young couple portrait on a gondola in Venice

Natalia and Andrej, a just-married Russian couple, decided to spend their honeymoon in Venice and hired me for a photo shooting, as others just-married couples have done to have high-quality shots of this special stay.

couple sitting on a Venetian bridge
shooting on a bridge in Venice

Spontaneity, curiosity and youthful spirit characterized this couple in their mid-twenties and I was glad to follow their steps and looks during a relaxed photo walk with many steps in romantic spots.

couple hugging alongside a Venetian channel
shooting a couple portrait alongside a Venetian channel

  

They also had a nice idea: why not jumping on a gondola and going on with the shooting session on board? This gave them the opportunity to experience a traditional Venetian transport facility, and provided me with the chance to portray them with the unique background of the ancient Venetian palaces seen from the Canal Grande.

A nice and useful turn of perspective which resulted in some pleasant couple portraits of which you can see on my website.

For more shots of honeymoon photo sessions see my website’s specific section.

For some tips on photo portraits in Venice, see my dedicated ebook on Venice photo settings.

couple hugging under a Venetian porch
Shooting the couple under a Venetian porch

A SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT..UNEXPECTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER HIMSELF!

Engagement photo shooting usually implies a certain amount of surprise: the future bride is not informed about the future groom’s intention to propose. On the other hand, the photographer is usually well aware of it, as the future groom agreed with him or her about the time and place of the engagement shots.
Well, I recently experienced a different, curious situation: I was appointed a couple portrait in Venice by a young Russian couple. We were just completing the first half of our informal photo stroll when the young men told me that he wanted to propose that very day to the lady and asked for advice. I had to think a bit about it and then proposed to use a kind of trick.

We arrived by ferry at the picturesque island of San Giorgio and I took some pictures of the young couple with the Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco on the background . Then I pretended to have to answer an urgent call and left the couple alone. My camera had been set to shoot a video in the meanwhile.

And what did the camera catch? The two young people were hugging and exchanging sweet words when the man suddenly fell down on his knees and took a ring out of his pocket. The lady suddenly broke into tears and cried for a long time. He hugged her again, softly talked to her and, just to be sure that her reaction was due to surprise and joy, asked once again if she wanted to marry him. The lady eventually nodded without stopping crying, as you can see in these pictures.

I entered the stage and took the last few shots in that soft, romantic atmosphere of smiles and tears…

Well, in case you need an experienced photographer and a consultant for last-minute wedding proposals, just email me.

For further examples of engagement photography in Venice see my webiste, or read my ebook on photography settings in Venice.

THE IDEAL SETTINGS FOR PHOTO SHOOTING IN VENICE? FIND THEM IN ‘A PHOTOGRAPHER IN VENICE’ EBOOK

In case you are traveling to Venice and you plan to have high-quality shots of your stay, you might be interested in this new ebook of mine.

It is based on my personal experience as a professional photographer who lived in Venice several years: in these pages I share with you some of the strategies and techniques I use during my photo shootings in this enchanting city.

Venice is described as an ideal setting for different kinds of photos: engagement, wedding and honeymoon photo services, as well as individual and holidays portraits.

You will find professional shots of some enchanting Venetian places, as well as interesting hints about visiting and entertainments in Venice.

HOLDING YOUR HANDS..JUST THE WAY I DO: SHOTS OF COUPLES HANDS

Working as a professional photographer for couple portraits, weddings, engagements, honeymoon and pregnancy portraits, I had several chances to observe how couples hold their hands. This is a sweet habit, very common among different cultures: Russian, Asian and American people hold their hands just like the Europeans do.

At the same time, have you ever noticed that none of them do it in a similar way? I mean, it seems to me that a couple have their own way to hold hands, different from all others.

And there are also thousand ways for brides and grooms to cross and touch hands when they exchange the rings during the wedding ceremony…  

Therefore I like to focus some of my shots during a  couple portrait on this feature, which is so closely related to their personality and feelings, expressing all their uniqueness and tenderness. Two hands holding each other are a very fine mirror of a love story, as you can see from the pictures in this post.